Everyday Inferno presents the NYC premiere of this decidedly adult take on 'Beauty and the Beast,' full of humor, magic, and belief in the life-altering power of love. More…
Beauty never showed up. Centuries after the curse, the Beast and his last remaining magical servant are holed up in a ramshackle apartment, managed by a mysterious landlady with a suspicious taste for gingerbread. When an eligible maiden moves in next door, "happily ever after" feels agonizingly within reach, but we all know that in fairy tales, nothing is exactly as it seems. 'Glassheart' explores the space between light and dark, and the sacrifices we make in search of an ordinary life. Recommended for ages 11 and up.
“The imaginative ensemble of creatives assembles two hours of inspired and inventive theater...The story wraps up like a perfect package...Reina Hardy has created a text featuring a beautiful matrimony between contemporary dialect and snippets of heightened language. The play drips with heart and ingenuity...Hardy has a gift for telling a story through a feminist and current lens minus beating social commentary over the head." Full Review
"'Glassheart' is a study of opposites, tracing the fine line between the ordinary and extraordinary. In tone and topic, the language is lyrical and conversational...The cast members work well as an ensemble...Overall, the strength of Hardy's writing and the imaginative production elements make 'Glassheart' an excellent choice for those looking to discover exciting new work Off Off Broadway." Full Review
“‘Glassheart’ is a tale of self-discovery, of the unique nature of relationships and of the search for identity in life’s pursuits...Portions of the play reflect a refined writing style – minimal yet packed with complex themes and issues...The ensemble is quite strong...Even with its faults...’Glassheart’ is enchanting – an engaging, funny and, at times, superbly subtle production that does justice to its source material while also reinvigorating it with new meaning." Full Review
“Garmany manages to steal the show...Hardy’s witty dialogue will keep your ears busy, but I recommend you watch the faces of the characters on stage to witness some truly great acting...‘Glassheart’ is a play about weird people with problems, but in the exploration, we come to find that such weirdness lies at the heart of who we all are, and the further out we go from our perceived center, the closer we end up finding ourselves to the familiar." Full Review
"The set-up is fascinating in its playful use of the fairy tale, and while at times 'Glassheart' finds ways to be funny and clever, the actors are directed to play the moments with very stylized and overly dramatic line readings that initially keep us at arms length from the Beast’s pain. The songs are a distraction and not performed or written well enough to captivate us...Hardy attempts to try for something darker...but in the end, doesn’t make it compelling." Full Review
See it if You like creative spins on existing stories, intimate settings, actors committed to their roles
Don't see it if You aren’t able to climb 4 long flights of stairs, need fancy staging and scenery, only like traditional theatre
See it if You wanna see amazing acting - particular from Ms. Garmanny, who's performance as a lamp alone is worth the price of admission.
Don't see it if I guess if you hate women? I dunno, it's delightful.
See it if You like adaption of classic stories. Appreciate black-box theater. Enjoy high quality stage design, acting, and writing. Worth the stairs
Don't see it if Have trouble with 4th floor walk-ups. Don't like having your expectations upset.
See it if you like Beauty and the Beast but want to see it with a new fresh twist. Like what are in essence 1-character shows despite others on stage
Don't see it if you want all the characters in a play well developed, not just one; tired of the premise of Beauty and the Beast. Have trouble with stairs
See it if You want to see an adult take on Beauty and The Beast. You want to be entertained by some good actors. You want to laugh.
Don't see it if You are not interested in an adult take on Beauty and The Beast. You don't want to enjoy a good show.
See it if you want a more mature version of the fairy tale w/ a creative twist in the plot and more depth in the characters' psyche. Great cast !
Don't see it if you want to stick to the original version w/ a big cast, big costumes & sets.This is a minimalist take but the acting & plot is to the max.
See it if More developed Beauty & Beast characters, set in NYC. Takes you on a mysterious magical ride with interesting twists of plot and meaning.
Don't see it if Long and a bit labored in spots. Could use more humor in the second half. Don't expect a light musical; it's a drama with a few songs.
See it if Enjoy darker twists on disney stories. Want to see some good acting and interesting set choices that help fill the space.
Don't see it if Dislike minimalistic sets and small casts. Want a strong plot to follow.
See it if you like twists on fairy tales. It is very well acted and the story is interesting. Not the happy ever after from Disney
Don't see it if you are looking for a classic story of beauty and the beast.
See it if you like plays with a small cast staged in an intimate setting modernising a known fairy tale.
Don't see it if you want to see a famous actor, or don't like plays with fairy tale themes.
See it if It was an interesting take on an old story. I did enjoy the twists and use of the set. I had trouble hearing when they dropped their voices.
Don't see it if If you don't do stairs!!!! Or expect great singing.
See it if You like interesting retellings of a classic and smart catchy dialogue in a fun intimate space.
Don't see it if It occasionally devolved into melodrama at odds with the whip smart fun of it.
See it if you like fairy tale revisionism, gorgeous bang-for-your-buck set design, a casual story about self-worth w/ some intriguing fantastical bits
Don't see it if you dislike Pollyanna-type characters, expect new insights on "what it means to be human," want Angela Carter-levels of darkness and polish
See it if you want to see what is essentially children's theatre with some profanity and adult situations thrown in to make it PG-13 rated.
Don't see it if you are expecting the "mature" take on Beauty and the Beast which was promised.
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